NBA Rookie Class Mock Draft: Version 2.0

Another week, another mock draft, and there has been plenty of movement amongst the guys' selections (hoopsworld.com)

Another week, another mock draft, and there has been plenty of movement amongst the guys’ selections (hoopsworld.com)

After a rousing week of more player profiles and Draft related conversations, Nate and Connor decided to take another stab at a mock draft. Once again, the mock only covers the first round, yet there have been many changes from the week before, including one of the guys’ first overall selections: Continue reading

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NBA Rookie Class Draft Conversation: What Should the Cleveland Cavaliers Do?

Could Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and the Cavs use the No. 1 pick, or would they be better trading it away? (cleveland.com)

Could Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and the Cavs use the No. 1 pick, or would they be better trading it away? (cleveland.com)

Here at NBA Rookie Class, we figured it’s about time to start debating, and what better topic than the NBA Draft? In the first ever debate, our insiders Connor and Nate discuss what they think the Cleveland Cavaliers should do with the first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Jamaal Franklin

Jamaal Franklin's time at SDSU was well spent, will it result in the draft stock he's hoping for? (www.zimbio.com)

Jamaal Franklin’s time at SDSU was well spent, will it result in the draft stock he’s hoping for? (www.zimbio.com)

Jamaal Franklin, the 6’5″ athletic beast out of San Diego State, has been slotted as a possible first round pick by packing plenty of potential for a number of teams (In our draft: didn’t make first round by Nate, 18th to Atlanta by Connor). Labeled by some scouts as a Tasmanian Devil Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Lorenzo Brown

Lorenzo Brown could make plenty of unexpected noise at the next level (backingthepack.com)

Lorenzo Brown could make plenty of unexpected noise at the next level (backingthepack.com)

In the time since C.J. Leslie’s arrival in Raleigh, the Wolfpack (no Hangover pun intended) have been completely revitalized as a competitive collegiate basketball program. It’s no surprise, though, that most of N.C. State’s success has also hinged on the play of one of the nation’s more premier passers, Lorenzo Brown. Brown –who over his time at N.C. State helped to Continue reading

NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Giannis Antetokounmpo

There's plenty of mystery surrounding Giannis Antetokounmpo (spurstalk.com)

There’s plenty of mystery surrounding Giannis Antetokounmpo (spurstalk.com)

Not much is known about the interesting prospect from Greece –very few even know how to properly pronounce his name –but what we do know is that he’s an extremely interesting and intriguing player that will most likely hear his name called on Draft night.  There must be something, though, that has “the Greek Freak” on everyone’s draft board, even while being labeled as one of the biggest Continue reading

Conclusion of NBA Regular Season Provides Opportunities for Rookies

Houston's Terrence Jones drives against Detroit's Greg Monroe.  Jones has played well as of late, which could lead to more playing time in the postseason (kentuckysportsradio.com)

Houston’s Terrence Jones drives against Detroit’s Greg Monroe. Jones has played well as of late, which could lead to more playing time in the postseason (kentuckysportsradio.com)

The National Basketball Association is days away from concluding its regular season in fine fashion, with plenty still left to play for in these final hours. Teams are still jockeying for position in the postseason field, the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz are still both desperately trying to make the postseason, and the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats will be duking it out (in separate games) to see who claims the title of Most Futile Franchise for the 2012-2013 season.

With so much taking place in the seasons’ final days, it’s easy to forget that there is still plenty more at stake for the NBA’s rookies. Continue reading

BBVA Rising Stars Challenge: Rookies Play Well, Chuck Victorious Again

While we were hoping the game would highlight just the rookies of the league, Kenneth Faried and the rest of the sophomores had a different idea.  Faried led Team Chuck to a 163-135 victory with 40 points and 10 rebounds.

While we were hoping the game would highlight just the rookies of the league, Kenneth Faried and the rest of the sophomores had a different idea. Faried led Team Chuck to a 163-135 victory over Team Shaq with 40 points and 10 rebounds. (nba.com)

Team Shaq is going home sad tonight.  For the second time in as many years, Team Chuck came out on top, overcoming the lack of the first overall draft pick for the second year in a row, and not having the opportunity to have Kyrie Irving play for him again this year.

Regardless of which Team you were rooting for tonight, everyone came out a winner.  Both squads featured the best young talent in the league, and it showed tonight…on the offensive side of the ball.  In terms of statistics, this night was fantastic: Team Chuck 163-Team Shaq 135 with both teams shooting at least 62% from the field.  Numbers aside, it was a great way for the nation to see just how much the League’s rookies have grown in their short time in the season.  Here’s a running commentary/breakdown of tonight’s first-half action that can only make us salivate about what’s to come throughout the rest of this weekend: Continue reading